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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My quaker's nostrils are black and crusty.

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My quaker's nostrils are black and crusty.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I understand that Tia is difficult to handle. In these cases it's best to have an avian vet (please see here: www.aav.org) attend to her. The black and crusty discharge needs to be removed and the underlying skin examined. We need to determine if the discharge has accumulated due to a nasal discharge secondary to respiratory infection or is a change unrelated to respiratory infection as might be seen with a vitamin A deficiency. Have you noticed Tia sneezing, mucus coming from her nostrils, conjunctivitis, or an increased respiratory rate or effort? What has Tia's diet included, please? Nutritional imbalances are a common cause of illness in our pet birds. Seeds should compose less than 20% of her diet. Ideally, a balanced pelleted diet such as can be found here: www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com or here: www.lafeber.com/pet-birds should be fed as well as hard boiled egg yolk, pancakes and cornbread, the tops of fresh greens, dairy products such as yogurt and cheese, fresh fruits such as apples, pears, melon, kiwi, and berries, vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, cabbage, sweet potato, and squash, and even tiny pieces of meat.

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